BR4 Cutlass

Battle Rifle Company Cutlass

Battle Rifle Company announced a new AR-style rifle called the BR4 Cutlass. According to the company, the rifle is specifically designed for maritime security use.

Obviously, one of the concerns that many people have when it comes to using and maintaining a weapon around the water is corrosion and its impact on reliability. Battle Rifle Company states the guns are built with no ferrous metal to metal contact which will result “…in corrosion free operation, even after months at sea.”

Among the features of this rifle:

  • NP3 treated fire control components
  • NP3 treated bolt carrier group
  • stainless steel pins and other parts in the lower
  • all stainless steel springs

Battle Rifle Company states that this gun is an extension of the Trident rifle that was also built for maritime security use. One of the major differences between the two guns is this rifle (the Cutlass) has a free floating barrel. The 16″ barrel in the Cutlass has been cryogenically treated and has a 1:7″ twist. Chrome lined barrels are optional.

The suggested retail price of this long gun is $1,595. Both semi automatic and select fire versions of the gun are available. Special restrictions apply to the purchase of the NFA weapons, of course.

The gun is not yet on the company’s website, but it should be soon.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • DwnRange

    duuhh, have they fixed the problems they had with last rifle tested which is linked to in the above article?

  • Phillip Cooper

    So build a standard AR rifle, skip the anodizing process, and charge twice as much for it?

    Yeah, no. Anodizing protects aluminum from corrosion, CLP and park (among many other coatings) protects steel, and ferr-to-ferr contact really doesn’t matter in terms of corrosion.

    I’ll happily use my standard AR which costs less than a third of this rifle, in the wet, without concern- just like I did my M-16 on many a rain-sodden patrol and bivouac.

    • DIR911911 .

      “skip the anodizing process” . . . you might want to read up on np3 coating , it’s pretty badass. I’m going to send in a 1911 to get fully coated inside and out when I have the extra $$

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    So the SEALs standard M4’s are working fine without all this stuff, right?

    • TJbrena

      It’s marketed towards paramilitary organizations with underwater bases. BRC actually stands for “Built Right for Cobra”.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Maybe they know something we don’t …

        • Dan

          It is only logical to fully assume that they do.

        • SP mclaughlin

          Hail Hydra!

  • mk18

    How is this company still in business? I wouldn’t trust anything built by these clowns.

  • cwp

    I’m not especially optimistic about them, either, but I’ll say this much for Battle Rifle Company: at least they didn’t sue Andrew Tuohy for giving their stuff a negative review. No, I wouldn’t buy one without seeing some compelling evidence that they’ve fixed those issues, but I’m open to being convinced that they have.

  • Harrison Jones

    Why come out with a rifle with a quad rail in this day and time?

    • Evan

      Because quad rails are better than any of the new gimmicks made to replace them.

      • Redfoot

        No, they are not. More weight, cheese grater profile. Modular rails became the future, then key-mod, then M-Lok.

        • Evan

          A negligible amount of added weight for a ready to use, universal system that virtually any accessory on the planet from optics to grenade launchers work with. Cheese grater? Give me a break. Either you’re using some absurdly poorly made rails or you’re exaggerating. Basically all the excuses I’ve heard for junk like M-Lok is along those lines. Rails don’t hurt your hands and they don’t get caught on gear either. They may weigh slightly more, but functionality is far more important than a few ounces of weight. Face it, all these other systems are fads that don’t work as well as your standard quad rail.

          • Cuvie

            80% of rail space isn’t even used on most quad rails

          • DIR911911 .

            that’s why they make rail covers 🙂

          • Porty1119

            That’s why A2 forends exist, you mean!!

          • Volk

            Not that you need any sort of rail or the things that go on them for a maritime security rifle anyway. Never known anyone to take more than a few magazines and an optic.

          • Evan

            So? Since there’s no disadvantage to having it, it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

          • Jwedel1231

            “Since there’s no disadvantage to having it, it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.”
            -Except that there is a disadvantage and you will never use 80% of those rails. Whether you use them or not, you carry the weight of 5 times as much rail as you actually use. You don’t get a pass on weight just because you aren’t using it. Do you also carry 200 rounds of ammo on your person every day, since it’s “better to have it and not use it”?

          • DIR911911 .

            you’re comparing a couple of ounces to 200 rounds of ammo . . . automatic loss of argument for over exaggeration

          • Evan

            Bad analogy. 200 rounds of ammo is a significant burden. A quad rail weighs a few ounces, a negligible amount of weight.

      • Core

        I agree. I don’t see sopmod using keyed rails. I see it as something to fail. I will be the first to admit that I like the feel of a polymer fore-end but you can’t launch a grenade from a keymod without it loosening up or shearing the hardware. And a side note, if I was trying to market a product to maritime operators it would be based on the MK18 or M4A1 sopmod.

  • Austin

    In addition to the questionable reasoning for needing this in the first place, why have it in 5.56x45mm instead of 7.62x51mm which could take out boat engines and big toothy fish easier

  • Badwolf

    Go big or go home. H1 is best steel for corrosion resistance. They should make it entirely out of h1 steel, including pins and springs, and some plastic parts.

  • Volk

    With an MSRP of 1595, why would I buy this over an DPMS Oracle or similar throwaway rifle? Maritime security weapons have pretty short lifespans, so paying three times as much for a shiny one seems a hard sell, especially since it’s nearly always not the contractor who purchases it. Nice rifle though, I just question the marketing.

    • Jwedel1231

      Maybe this rifle will have a longer lifespan, due to it’s coatings? Or are maritime weapons affected by something else not accounted for that I don’t realize? (legitimately asking)

      • SF

        maritime rifles are usually thrown overboard by the crew before they get to port. so security companies buy the cheapest working rifles and look at them as one time use. the contractors usually keep their optic and mags and put them on the next rifle they get issued after they re-supply. ive even thought about whether itd be profitable to have a portable armory ship right outside port to re-arm and de-arm ships so they didn’t have to deal with customs

        • Austin

          A floating arms dealer essentially…

        • Phil Hsueh

          But what about for other maritime uses like LE, coastal patrols and the like? Certainly they would benefit from a more durable rifle since they would not be tossing their weapons overboard all the time, at least I would certainly hope they aren’t.

          • SF

            good point. Im not dissing the idea. just explaining why people are scoffing at the idea of a 1400 dollar rifle for maritime security. there are many people who work in saltwater environments that don’t have the funding or need to toss a rifle in the ocean. and coast guard or more likely, the numerous LE agencies that use boats and work on the water could benefit from buying this rifle.

          • CommonSense23

            NSW uses standard rifles. It’s called a little bit of preventative maintenance.

  • rs

    Sounds good, but I do worry about the longevity of stainless steel springs. I’m not a metallurgist, but I think that some testing, or the publishing of results would be a good idea. Personally, I don’t care for quad rails, but they’re usable. I just put rubber covers over the sharp bits.

  • Mick Finn

    I’ll wait for the Cutlass Supreme Royale, thank you very much.

    • MichaelZWilliamson

      With spinner rails and subwoofer?

  • Evan

    On my issued M16, I ran a PEQ-2, Surefire weaponlight, a VFG, and a sling attachment. Most of the rail space was empty, but it was nice being able to attach stuff where I liked it without any need to further modify anything. My own AR I run an AFG and a light. I don’t need as much rail space, but I still prefer to have it.

    The extra weight of a quad rail is negligible in the field. I had an M16A2, with A2 fore end, in boot camp and SOI and an M16A4 with a quad rail in the fleet. I never noticed a significant difference. I also never had the quad rail snag on my gear, or even heard “quad rails snag on your gear” was a thing until long after I got out, when Keymod and M-Lok became fashionable and people needed to make excuses for them. Same with the cheese grater thing. I’ve never used or felt the need to use rail covers, because it has never presented even the slightest issue for me on a worn military rail or a brand new civilian one.

    The diameter of a quad rail over any of the other options is a feature, not a bug. I hate skinny fore ends (looking at YOU, G3). They feel unnatural and weird. And I don’t use any C-clamp/thumb over bore grips. I shoot like the Corps taught me to, which works fine for me.

    20 years ago quad rails may have been called a fad, but they offered a distinct advantage over what was around at the time. Keymod and M-lok don’t offer a distinct advantage. They’re proprietary systems that require attaching rails (buying another piece of gear) to attach most accessories, and they offer only a negligible weight advantage over the quad rail to begin with. There’s a difference between dismissing new technology because it’s new, like with the former, and dismissing new technology because it’s not particularly good, like the latter.

    • raz-0

      You do realize both m-lok and keymod are freely licensed royalty free standards. Which is exactly what the picatinny rail is. They are not proprietary.

      Other than quad rails being bulky and unpleasant, the main advantage they have over them as a standard is that they seem to hold up better to being bashed around with regards to dimensional tolerances. Picatinny rails get bashed and things mounted and unmounted, and the edges get worn. They eventually fall out of spec, and different mounts deal more/less poorly with that. Mounted, mlok and keymod conceal the mating surfaces. Exposed, they aren’t the leading edge hitting stuff.

      Replacing keymod or mlok rail segments to get fresh rail is way cheaper than replacing a quad rail.

      Are they enough better to get me to go out and replace everything? No. However I think they will develop enough inertia that they will dominate the civilian market. What the military will do? Logistics of changing horses is pretty damn high, so I suspect things won’t change there. They own a lot of razorblades to go with those razors, and managing an interface bit to make them work together costs actual money at that scale.

    • Squirreltakular

      The cheesegrater and gear snag comments are from people who don’t gun. On the other hand, people will insist endlessly about how rails and other doohickeys don’t add that much weight to their rifle riiiight up until they’re on a firing line holding their weapon up with only their support hand while doing drills. Then suddenly it’s, “Hmm, maybe these kids are onto something with their fancy lightweight guns.” Bicep curls will only get you so far.

      • MichaelZWilliamson

        For most people, they’re cheesegraters. How many shooters have more than a single mounted optic?

        But as long as they have a gun and practice with it, I approve. Terrifying idiots with evil looks is just a side benefit. And some people do use the rails.

        • Squirreltakular

          I’ve still never seen a pic rail that was sharp enough to remove skin.

          • MichaelZWilliamson

            Then you’ve never seen a pic rail. The first thing I do is file the edges to a radius and re-blacken, then put covers on.

            That is a boggling statement. It’s like claiming muzzle blast can’t hurt your ears.

            I have to assume you’ve never taken your rails off the range, because I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t been cut, dinged or bruised by their rails, and that was in OIF.

          • Squirreltakular

            I’ve seen plenty. The only ones that were kind of sharp were the optic rails on the 249 and 240. And your hands don’t spend a tone of time scraping over those.

            On every personal weapon or accessory I’ve had, from BCM to Troy to RS Regulate, the rails are not sharp in the slightest sense.

            And I don’t know a single person who’s ever complained about it until now.

          • Evan

            I was in OIF, I was an 0311, and I never heard a single complaint about rails until after I got out of the Corps.

          • mk18

            With all due respect, most service people aren’t necessarily “gun” people (like many cops). You’re issued a weapon, you learn to use that weapon. I have Marine buddies that still prefer their 20″ A4’s because what’s was beaten into their heads. I know it’s hard for some former military people to believe, but the civilian small arms market has long surpassed the military. Just cuz the military issued you a Picatinny rail and you didn’t mind it doesn’t mean there isn’t better stuff out there. The military is hardly the cutting edge in this respect. For the ones that are “gun guys” (and former military), EVERY SINGLE one that I know wishes they had the stuff that’s out now back when they were in the military. Saving a few ounces here and three adds up…ounces = pounds, pounds = pain.

          • Evan

            There are plenty of items I’ve come across in the civilian world that I would’ve loved to have in the military. Gas pistons and angled fore grips come immediately to mind. That being said, because the military uses it does not make it inferior. M-Lok and Keymod are silly systems that aren’t as good as what they’re attempting to replace, but they’re negligibly lighter, so suddenly they’re very fashionable with the tacticool crowd.

  • Rex Krom

    Vented charging handle? That gave me a brain aneurysm.

    • raz-0

      I’m assuming they mean something like the gasbuster, which is actually a thing. But hey given that their products seem to be manufactured from 100% clown shoes, perhpas I’m being to generous.

  • Big Dave

    Quad rails are pretty much considered dinosaurs by the majority of people in the gun community. Like anything there will always be throw backs who are dead set against change and progress.

    Even Daniel Defense who typically is a huge user of quad rails has finally seen the light and is offering guns with rail OPTIONS.

    Hey, you want to run a quad rail on an M-Loc or a Key Mod? No problem. Go ahead and install all the unnecessary rails you want, and voila!~…an instant dino quad rail. Knock yourself out.

    For the rest of us, we are all happy with having the OPTION of how many rails and WHERE we want our rails. Thank you very much.

    The above pictured quad rail does not offer me this. I would call the company and insist that they offer me a Key Mod/M-Loc option or at least remove the quad rail and not charge me for it. I would immediately install a proper hand guard. If they balked I would give the whole gun a big pass.

    What were they thinking? Today, almost nobody makes buyers accept a quad rail as the only option. Sheesh!

  • bob

    My Daniel defense handguard is not much thicker then most keymods and I mean barely any heavier. Id rather not worry on having sections to install anything. No issues with the hands either. I think its just a bandwagon design so you have to spend more. I get why some people like it but I think most companies could of just shrunk and played with materials of quad rails and got them smaller like DD did.

  • Ben

    The Danes issue Diemaco rifles, so there’s no need to worry about their ability to choose weapons! 😀

  • Zachary marrs

    I saw them at the 2013 NRA showcase.

    Their AR10 with the short rail and exposed gas tube told me all i need to know

  • John Dorr

    Why not just a stainless barrel?

  • LilWolfy

    I see rails, rails everywhere…